Home Energy Savings

Home is where the heart is; it’s also where home energy savings start. We’ve got home energy savings tips on everything from attic insulation and discovering air leaks to how to best run your appliances. Check out our 31 Days of Energy Savings guide to get started. Follow our appliance energy efficiency comparison series, including posts on gas vs. electric dryers and microwaves vs. toaster ovens vs. ovens.

Lesson Plan: Measuring Electricity Consumption

Lesson Plan: Measuring Electricity Consumption

This week’s lesson on electricity consumption builds upon the previous week’s lesson. However, topics will be re-introduced for newcomers!

Energy consumption of streaming services

Energy Consumption of Streaming Services

If your family is like most, streaming content has become commonplace in your household. You may even start to wonder what impact those streaming services have on your energy consumption.

Lesson Plan: Understanding Your Electricity Bill

Lesson Plan: Understanding Your Energy Bill

This week’s lesson will help families to understand and dissect their electricity bills and understand how smart meters, utility apps and utility website data can help inform household energy decisions. As this lesson focuses most on electricity, the text will revisit and review electricity text previously covered, but this time with a new angle and

Lesson Plan: Solar Energy

Lesson Plan: Solar Energy

This lesson aims to introduce students to solar energy. Energy from the sun plays a part in the use of nearly every other source of energy, from wind to biomass to yes – fossil fuels!

How much energy do game consoles really use?

How Much Energy Do Game Consoles Really Use?

Computer games have never been more popular. Two-thirds of Americans use PCs, consoles and streaming devices to play games.

Lesson Plan: Natural Gas and Wind

Lesson Plan: Natural Gas and Wind Energy

Wind Energy Wind is moving air. If air is moving, work can be done!

How to save energy while you're self-isolating and working from home

How to Save Energy While You’re Self-Isolating & Working from Home

If you’re looking for ways to keep expenses manageable in this economy, it can be helpful to examine the energy impacts of self-isolating and working from home. The guidelines recommended by government agencies to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus affect energy consumption.

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Lesson Plan: Energy Basics and Energy Sources

Lesson Plan: Energy Basics and Energy Sources

This lesson aims to introduce energy, helps to identify how we use energy, and begins to look closer at what renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy we use in the United States. For each suggested grade band, you’ll see some quick text for reading as well as a worksheet or link to interactive worksheets.

weird smart device quiz real or fake

Real or Fake? The Weird Smart Device Quiz

The popularity of smart home technology is driven by convenience, comfort and energy savings. It’s no wonder the market is responding with cool smart tools and useful technology.

Sleep Devices That Don’t Waste Your Energy

Sleep Devices That Don’t Waste Your Energy

Sleep devices offer the promise of quiet rest — relief from the buzz of our high-tech world that can make us a bit frazzled at the end of the day. Artificial light throws off our bodies’ biological clocks.

25 ways to make your house more sustainable

25 Ways to Make Your Home Sustainable

When you make your house more sustainable, you’re making a contribution to improving the environment. But that’s not all.

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